Parma Safety Fair And Shredding Events Moved To May

Kids can climb into fire trucks and pretend to be firefighters at the Parma Safety Fair.

The 18th Annual Parma Safety Fair and Document Shredding & Food Drive were both moved from April to Saturday, May 11 this year. Another change is the location of the document shredding, which will be at Parma Senior High School.
 “We changed the date due to the Easter calendar,” said Safety Director Tom Weinreich. “We relocated the document shredding to reduce traffic congestion. We also ordered two shredding trucks this year to keep up with the demand.”

The Document Shredding & Food Drive runs 9 a.m. to noon at Parma Senior High at 6285 West 54th St. Residents are asked to show proof of residency. A driver’s license, gas bill or electric bill are acceptable forms of identification. There is no limit on the amount of documents shredded, but residents are being asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Parma Hunger Center, which will be on-site collecting the donations. Residents are not required to stay while their confidential documents are being shredded, but they are expected to secure their documents if they choose to leave. Community Services Coordinator Gloria Wohl said bagged documents should be tied, and boxed documents should have a lid. “We don’t want to risk confidential documents blowing out of the bags or boxes if we have a windy day,” Wohl said.

Residents should make sure their paper documents are not bound with rubber bands or paper clips and binders. Also, no plastic folders or sleeves can be included. "Plastic, rubber bands and clips can jam the shredding machine,” Wohl explained. Gateway Products Recycling will be shredding the documents. A grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is covering the cost of the shredding.

The Safety Fair will be staged at the same location as last year – the Parma Justice Center on 5555 Powers Boulevard. The community family event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Safety experts will offer advice and safety giveaways, including bike helmets, smoke alarms and gun locks, while supplies last. Several activities are planned, including fire extinguisher and grease fire demonstrations; free fingerprinting for children; tours of the police station, firing range and jail; and visits with the K9 Unit, Metroparks mounted police, bomb squad and SWAT team. Children can climb into fire trucks and see police cars and motorcycles up close. There will also be face painting and a climbing wall. New this year will be a drone demonstration.

The highlight of the Safety Fair is the medical helicopter landing, weather permitting. After it lands, children and their parents can explore the chopper. Also in high demand every year is the assistance that firefighters provide parents who want to know how to properly install child safety restraints in their family vehicles.

The event is a cooperative effort of the City of Parma; Parma Fire Department, Police Department and K9 Unit; and Parma City Council.

Organizations represented at the fair include University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, MetroHealth Parma Medical Center; Safe Kids, Safe Communities; Cleveland Metroparks; the Parma Animal Shelter; and numerous community groups and businesses focused on safety issues and products.

Mayor Tim DeGeeter said the fair is educational for the whole family. “The Safety Fair is a spring event our residents look forward to every year. It is a fun way for them to learn how to keep themselves and their families safe.”

Admission is free, and no registration is required. The fair will take place rain or shine, although some activities are dependent on the weather.

The city is asking residents to follow the City of Parma Facebook page to see posts about the Safety Fair and to share the Facebook Event with friends, family and neighbors.

Carolyn Kovach

Carolyn J. Kovach

Communications Director, City of Parma, Mayor's Office

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:34 AM, 04.01.2019